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NOM student-from 3-CL letter-ACC received (intended) Ken received letters from three students. In this section, we mainly consider cases where an adverbial MP is associated with an NP as in the above examples. Let us call such a pair of NP and MP an NP-MP pair. to In the following, we will first point out some apparently different types of subject-object asymmetry concerning NP-MP pairs, and point out the defects of previous syntactic analyses, which are concerned with just one of these types and entail incorrect generalizations.

22) a. Gakusei-ga Naomi-ni san-nin kyuukonsita. student-NOM DAT 3-CL proposed Three students proposed to Naomi. b. Gakusei-ga zibun-wa tensai-da-to san-nin syutyoosita. student-NOM self-TOP genius-be-COMP 3-CL insisted Three students insisted that s/he is genius. c. Gakusei-ga Naomi-kara san-nin tegami-wo moratta. student-NOM Naomi-from 3-CL letter-ACC received Three students received a letter from Naomi. d. Tegami-ga Naomi-kara san-tuu kita. letter-NOM Naomi-from 3-CL came Three letters came from Naomi to the student(s).

These features show that this category is an adjunct to a noun. Note that the single slash value of the adjacent complement yon is not inherited to the mother node that corresponds to yon-da. The past tense morpheme da binds off the slash element here. The net effect is to make the sem value of the slash element (namely, J) identical to the sem value of its dependent. 3. 32) [[

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